Thursday, May 14, 2009


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Dear Friends:

Firstly, some food for thought.

We are often unaware of the extent to which indoctrination by society has biased our thinking.

To keep this in check, we must:

1. Accept the fact that we are partially "products of our environment";

2. Pause to think about the experiences and voices that might have caused us to arrive at a particular opinion, point of view, or way of thinking;

3. Open our minds to new possibilities -- including the possibility that something which we have come to believe is not actually true.
Secondly, how about a few questions regarding the 'ol brain? You might have to do a bit of research:

1. How many cells does the average adult human brain contain?

2. What does the average adult human brain weigh?

3. What is the name of the tissue that separates the two hemispheres of the human brain?

4. What percentage of the brain's capacity do researchers believe that we use at any given time?

5. As we gain knowledge or do mental gymnastics, what happens to the physical brain?

6. What is the difference between the brain and the mind?

7. What part of the brain is associated with appetite?

8. What part of the brain is associated with conscious thought?

9. What part of the brain is is associated with autonomic ("unconscious") bodily functions and "maintenance" activity?

10. What does "IQ" stand for, and what does it really measure?
11. Can destroyed or damaged brain cells be re-grown?
12. Can a brain cell associated with one function "learn" to take over another function?
13. What do researchers think actually happens to the brain with the outset of Alzheimer's disease?
14. What part of the brain is actually a crystalline body? The rest of it seems rather mushy by comparison...
15. What brain wave pattern is associated with deep sleep?
16. What brainwave pattern is associated with normal wakefulness?
Douglas Castle
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